Board of Directors

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Board of Directors

Position: Board Director
Location: Hybrid

We acknowledge the land on which we gather, Mohkinsstsis, is the ancestral territory of the Siksikaitsitapi — the Blackfoot people — comprising the Siksika, Kainai, and Piikani Nations, as well as Treaty 7 signatories, the Tsuut’ina Nation, and the Îyâxe Nakoda Bearspaw, Chiniki, and Wesley First Nations. This land is also the home of Métis Nation Region 3.

We acknowledge that there has been art, music, dance, storytelling, and ceremony on this land since time immemorial and it is in the spirit of this land and its people that we do our work.

The Calgary International Film Festival is recruiting board volunteers responsible for the governance of the organization. Their primary duties focus on strategic planning, financial oversight and policy development. As a governance board, directors are not directly involved in programming or operational matters, which are delegated to the executive director.

The Calgary International Film Festival’s Mission: To entertain and engage audiences by curating the most innovative and compelling films, and creating remarkable festival experiences.

The festival is an 11 day showcase of up to 200 multi-genre films from Canada and more than 50 other countries, hosting gala events, screenings, award ceremonies and special presentations. Additionally CIFF presents other film programming and community engagement initiatives throughout the year.

Responsibilities of the Board:

  • Ensure the organization’s activities align with its established vision, mission and values, and review those from time to time
  • Engage in strategic planning and the setting of annual goals and priorities
  • Provide support and high level oversight to the executive director

Specific Duties of Directors:

  • Prepare for, attend and participate in approximately six board meetings/year, the annual Board retreat and regular committee meetings as assigned
  • Participate in at least one standing committee of the board (finance, governance & HR, strategic oversight, external stakeholders) or additional ad hoc committees that may be struck from time to time
  • Act as an ambassador for the Calgary International Film Festival in the community
  • Regularly attend the Festival and its year-round events
  • Make an annual donation in an amount that is personally meaningful and within individual means
  • Leverage relationships in the community to help grow the Festival’s philanthropic supporters

Term of Office: Directors serve for a term of three years and can serve a maximum of two consecutive terms, subject to the Society’s bylaws.


The CIFF Board members have a diverse array of professional skills and experience and we encourage all who feel they can contribute to the effectiveness of the organization to apply. This year we are especially looking to for people with legal, financial, governance and change management skills. Previous experience with boards, not-for-profit organizations or festivals is also a plus.

To apply

Simply upload your cover letter and resume, visit

We’ll be contacting everyone who applies to let them know their resume has been received. The recruitment team will reach out to those they deem most qualified to begin the interview process. We thank everyone who applies.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

CIFF is committed to creating a volunteer opportunity that begins with respect, dignity and equity We welcome individuals to apply for all backgrounds including: of any race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, ability, citizenship, creed, sex, sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, same sex partnership, age, marital status, family status, immigration status, receipt of public assistance, history of mental health issues, health status, political affiliation, learning difference, level of literacy, accent, first language, body type, physical appearance and abilities, stature or socio-economic status. Further, we acknowledge that we are on a continuing journey of learning and unlearning. Our path to breaking down systemic barriers has begun but we by no means have arrived. We are open to feedback and continuous dialogue on how we can make the recruitment process equitable for all.

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